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  • Why are allergy sufferers facing such a difficult fall?

    Many allergy sufferers have been reporting symptoms that are worse than ever this fall. Unfortunately, not only were these results predicted, but a further premonition is that those bad allergies will last at least a few weeks longer than usual due to global warming.

    In addition to pesky ragweed allergies, mushroom and mold spores are abundant because the warm, wet summer stirred up excellent conditions for their growth. Luckily, mold usually stays dormant in the winter. For those who seem to still be suffering from mold allergies well into winter, it may be time to invest in a medical-grade air purifier for your home.

    We at FreshAirPro offer top-of-the-line air purifiers like the AllerAir 5000 Vocarb Air Purifier. This popular model provides protection from Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), allergens, odors and other particulate matter. It can offer relief from mold spores, dust mites, pet dander and pollen, just to name a few.

    As for those suffering from ragweed allergies this fall, they are likely to simmer a bit as the days grow shorter, however, they won't completely go away until after the first frost. For now and for the future, protect yourself with air purifiers from FreshAirPro.

  • Volatile organic compounds

    Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are gasses emitted from products such as pressed-wood furniture, home carpeting and rugs (where formaldehyde and solvents are often found), as well as pesticides and cleaning agents. They can be found in varying concentrations in the home and in certain industry settings and can have dangerous short- and long-term health effects.

    Because they can come from regular household cleaning products, it's important to watch out for signs that they may be lurking in the air you breathe. Common symptoms include eye irritation, sore throat, headache, rash, dyspnea, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, dizziness and confusion.

    VOC concentrations are higher indoors than outdoors - and studies by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggest that indoor levels can be as much as 10 times higher than outdoor levels, even in highly polluted areas.

    That's why it's so important to keep the air in your home fresh and breathable. The IQAir GC VOC is one of the best air purifiers on the market, and it's available through us at FreshAirPro. Most experts suggest that all households, even those with no allergy sufferers, should invest in an air purifier to keep household air safe to breathe. The IQAir GC VOC comes equipped with a "Class A" HEPA Pre-Filter and is specially designed to control VOCs and particulate contaminants.

  • Health problems caused by common biological allergens

    Pet dander, mold and dust mites are common allergens that can cause chronic health problems for many. The EPA recommends the use of air purification systems to reduce the amount of irritants, like these biological allergens, in the home. The AllerAir AirMedic+ Vocarb, which is available through us at FreshAirPro, is one of the most efficient air purifiers available. It's specially designed for advanced particle control and is an excellent option for all allergy and asthma sufferers.

    Some of the main signs that pet dander, mold or dust mites may be problematic in your home are an increase in asthma symptoms, nasal allergies, eye inflammation, recurrent or constant fever, malaise, dyspnea, tightness in the chest and cough.

    Keeping the home well-ventilated and humidity levels low can help improve air quality. Using a dehumidifier and repairing existing leaks can keep mold away. Keep carpets clean and dry, and consider removing or replacing them if they've experienced at least 24 hours of unattended water damage.

    Unfortunately for many animal lovers, limiting exposure to pets may be the best option for your allergy to pet dander. However, if you can't live without Fluffy, there are things you can do. Vacuum all carpets and upholstered furniture thoroughly and often. This also helps control dust mite symptoms.

  • How to plan a family vacation without allergies

    Fall is here, which means that for much of the country, there are only a few weeks left to fit in those weekend family getaways to the mountains or the beach. However, for many, fall can be the worst time for allergy symptoms. If you're taking your family on a camping trip to enjoy the beautiful weather, follow a few tips to keep sneezing and itching to a minimum.

    Before you start your trip, air out all of your equipment and check for mold in your tent or trailer. Bring all ointments and medications just in case. There will likely be allergens like ragweed around your campsite.

    If you plan on building a campfire and someone in your party has asthma, keep him far away from the fire, as the smoke can exacerbate symptoms.

    One of the most important things to keep in mind while camping is what you'll be bringing home with you. Be sure to wash tents, clothes and luggage, and don't leave anyunwashed items lying around the house.

    For the worst fall allergies, your family may benefit from a professional-grade air purifier like those we carry at FreshAirPro. Among our top-selling models is the IQAir HealthPro Plus. Unlike other purifiers that can only filter particles .3 microns in size or larger, the HealthPro Plus has the ability to tackle particles as small as .003 microns in size for the best allergy relief available.

  • Pet allergies may worsen hay fever symptoms

    Allergies are the worst. Many people who don't suffer from the condition think of them as more of a slight annoyance than a disease. Allergies can be a severe problem, however, and even mild symptoms can keep kids from school and adults out of work.

    Whether you suffer from pollen, food or pet allergies, they can truly affect your quality of life. Unfortunately, studies have shown that having one allergy can worsen another. Pet allergies, for example, have been found to increase hay fever symptoms.

    "If you have ongoing symptoms from perennial allergies, as soon as you add another allergen into the mix, your symptoms develop much faster, and you may have a harder time dealing with it than others," explained Dr. Anne Ellis, an assistant professor at Queen’s University’s Department of Medicine and Department of Microbiology and Immunology. These findings were part of a study that Ellis and her team conducted at the Environmental Exposure Unit (EEU) at Kingston General Hospital. The results were published in a recent issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

    One of the best ways to control allergens in your home is by purchasing a medical-grade air purifier like those we carry at FreshAirPro. IQAir's HealthPro Plus is one of the top-selling air purifiers on the market. It has the ability to filter ultra-fine particles as small as .003 microns in size. Say goodbye to pet dander, pollen and other allergens with the HealthPro Plus air purifier by IQAir.

  • September is National Mold Awareness Month

    September has been designated as National Indoor Toxic Mold Awareness Month in hopes of educating Americans about the physical and financial damage that can be caused by this silent problem.

    Mold damage can be avoided if prevented early. However, it currently accounts for about $2.5 billion in annual insurance costs. By paying attention to the treatment and design of a home and paying attention to any water damage if it occurs, severe mold growth can be avoided.

    If you suspect you have mold, the first place to look is your interior walls, particularly the insulation. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asserts that the only way to control mold growth is by monitoring the moisture in the home, so choose insulation and other materials that don't absorb moisture.

    In addition to destroying belongings and the integrity of your home's structure, mold can cause serious allergic reactions and can affect quality of life for many. One way to reduce the mold spores in your home is to use a professional-grade air purifier like those available through FreshAirPro.

    IQAir's HealthPro Plus air purifier is ideal for eliminating micro-particles such as mold spores. It also reduces the incidence of common allergens by filtering ultra-fine particles as small as .003 microns in size - that's 100 times smaller than the filtration capabilities of most air purifiers on the market.

  • The Northeast is experiencing one of the worst allergy seasons in years

    Heavy rains and warm weather throughout the summer mean bad fall allergies for people living in the Northeast. The mix of excessive rains and sunny days helps ragweed to flourish, one of the toughest culprits to blame for fall allergies.

    Not only will allergy season be worse than ever for those in Northeastern states and Canada, but it will likely last longer. Allergy seasons have increased gradually over the past decade, but there are things you can do to reduce your allergy symptoms.

    We suggest using dust covers and hypoallergenic bedding to reduce indoor allergies. However, these will only help allergens from settling on surfaces. If you really want to reduce allergens in your home, use one of our professional-grade air purifiers.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus is one of the best purifiers on the market. It uses a HyperHEPA filter that filters particles as small as .003 microns in size. It can protect you and your family from allergens, viruses, bacteria and chemicals.

    Don't let allergies ruin your season. An air purifier can help you enjoy the fall before the harsh winter hits.

  • Common misconceptions about allergies

    There are many misconceptions flying around about allergies, and with false information comes misdiagnosis and mistreatment. Learn the truth behind some of the most common allergy myths.

    1. Children can outgrow allergies: True, but uncommon. Allergies are not just a problem for children. In fact, many people who never had allergies while growing up develop them as adults.

    2. Eating local honey can prevent hay fever: False. The idea behind this myth is that by eating honey made from the pollen in your area, your body becomes more immune to the pollen over time.

    "The problem is that the pollens that cause allergies, which are primarily trees, grasses and weeds, are not the plants bees use for honey," Dr. Maeve O’Connor, of the Carolina Asthma and Allergy Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, explained to iVillage. "If you like honey, eat it. But there’s no proof it will alleviate or prevent seasonal allergies."

    3. Allergies aren't serious: Many people dismiss those who complain of allergy symptoms, assuming they are just a slight annoyance. Allergy sufferers, however, know this isn't true. Chronic symptoms can lead to asthma, insomnia and even sinus infections.

    If you have seasonal allergies, one of the best things you can do for your health is to purchase an air purification system in your home. FreshAirPro sells only the best-quality air purifiers, like the IQAir HealthPro Plus. Unlike other purifiers that can only filter the air of particles down to .3 microns in size, the IQAir HealthPro Plus can actually capture particles down to .003 microns in size. Clear the air with FreshAirPro.

  • The dangers of mold

    Many people have mold in their homes and don't even know it - and it may be affecting their quality-of-life. Mold can cause symptoms such as wheezing, eye and skin irritation and sinus congestion, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). However, those are just the minor symptoms. Mold can actually pose a severe threat to those most susceptible, including asthma attacks, fever and lung infections.

    Depending on the type of growth, mold can be extremely difficult to get rid of. If it's just growing on wall surfaces, you can clean it pretty easily. But mold can grow in heating ducts, inside walls and in the ceiling - making it incredibly tricky and expensive to clean. According to The New York Times, it can cost tens of thousands of dollars to rid your home of a critical mold problem.

    One can significantly reduce airborne mold spores in the home by using an air purification system which contains true HEPA filtration. FreshAirPro sells only the most well respected brands, such as IQAir. The IQAir HealthPro Series includes purifiers that can clear your home from a wide array of irritants down to .003 microns in size. That includes volatile organic compounds (VOCs), allergens, air pollution and smoke. Don't let a mold allergy keep you sick in bed. Clear your air before it's too late.

  • Choosing the right air purifier

    Unfortunately, if you don't have an air purifier in your home, the only filtration that air is getting is through your lungs. This means that all the toxins, allergens, chemicals and bacteria are going right into your system for your body to fight.

    Air purifiers aren't just for people with severe allergies or other pulmonary ailments. They can improve your overall health and wellness and keep you from getting sick. If you're thinking about getting an air purifier but don't know which one to choose, there are a few simple steps to find out exactly what you need.

    You should choose a purifier based on what your primary concern is. Microbes, odors, chemicals and particulates all tend to be airborne, making people sick all the time.

    Microbes include germs, viruses, bacteria and mold, while particulates include most allergens like dust, pollen and pet dander. Chemicals in the air are called volatile organic compounds, or VOC, and can include fumes from paint or nail polish remover, cigarette smoke and other more harmful substances. Odors can be extremely unpleasant at best and toxic to the health at worst, as is the case with car exhaust and formaldehyde.

    While shopping for the right air purifier, look for things like a medical-grade HEPA filter or stages containing activated carbon to better understand what you'll be protected from. However, why not just protect yourself from all of these dangers with one of the best purifiers on the market. The IQAir GC VOC, which is available through FreshAirPro, is perhaps one the most efficient filtration systems for personal or commercial use. It takes care of all your purifying needs and can even rid the air of 99.97 percent of all particles .3 microns in size.

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